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by K.Cal / October 22, 2007 9:55 PM PDT

Hi, i have a satellite M45-s331 computer ... with a brick as a hard drive. i am thinking on getting a new one, and here comes the trick for me, mostly because i am a computer tech ignorant.

the big question is regarding the hard drive interface, im kind of confused with the ATA-6,ATA-100, SATA, i did some research on cnet, watching the review of my laptop and it says IDE ... so ... i saw a nice one at circuit city ... but it is ultra ATA-100 (and works with ATA interfaces) ... will it work? im doing it myself (the installation) for money saving causes and since reading reviews in HDD installation said is not that hard.

thank you.

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Yes, it'll work. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 23, 2007 8:03 AM PDT
In reply to: need advice

If the new drive comes with cloning software it'll be a big help. Otherwise you'll need to save everything on the laptop to another media.

Cloning software will make an exact copy of the old drive. But you'll also need an external case, USB-2, for this to work. Get the case and put the new drive into it. Run the software and clone the drive. Remove the old drive and replace it with the new one.

If you don't clone then you'll need to reinstall everything, and I mean everything. All drivers for video, audio, NIC, modem, everything. And with my past experience with Toshiba, they are very cryptic at their site for getting drivers. Also your pictures, documents, all saved data will be lost. See the first paragraph.

Time involved with cloning - about two hours.
Time involved with copying, installing, etc. - at least a day.

Wayne

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10x
by K.Cal / October 23, 2007 7:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, it'll work. . .

thanks man, i don't have the cloning software, actually my HDD is unusable, it crashed, but i have the restore dvd that came with the laptop ... ill try with that.

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What I'm cloning with today. G4U
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 23, 2007 9:05 PM PDT
In reply to: 10x

Given it's price you wonder why it's an issue. Actually I know why. It uses a command line. It's just one line but still will have owners running away. But for those that need it, here it is -> http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/

Bob

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